Beach Access Issue

Letter to Al Hamra Estates, 20/6/2009

Dear Mr Mathew,

Following on from your earlier replies and our telephone conversation on 17th January 2009, we are very keen to continue with our dialogue with Al Hamra Estates (AHE) in order to stay abreast of developments and construction progress. We hope that our earlier request for a regular bi-monthly construction update for RB investors is being given serious consideration by AHE.

We are appreciative that you personally acknowledged the importance of good customer service for AHE, and were encouraged by your refreshing willingness to listen to our concerns regarding the development. We were also pleased with your plans to install cameras on the site to allow investors get some idea of construction progress.

The purchase of our apartment(s) was heavily influenced by assurances in all RB sales and publicity literature that the beach area in front of the RB buildings was to be accessible for the use of RB residents (stated or implied). Investors were clearly led to believe that they were buying into the Al Hamra Village resort package, which included facilities such as beach access, gym, and swimming facilities at no additional cost. Here, for example is what Global Estates (who are selling RB units) have to say on their current website

“It’s not just any beach – it’s your beach. As a resident of The Royal Breeze you’ll be privileged to enjoy access to one of the last remaining private beaches in all of the Emirates. Whether it’s a morning dip, an afternoon sunbathe, or a romantic sunset stroll, you just walk out your gate and there you are. You’re surrounded by miles of ivory-white sand, brushed by balmy breezes from the Arabian Gulf and tempted by its clear, warm waters.

At the Royal Breeze, you will enjoy a private beach on the Arabian Gulf, a links-style championship golf course, private marina, onsite destination shopping mall and an onsite 7-star resort hotel.” http://www.royalbreeze.com/

In various communications, AHE has also confirmed that RB residents will have the use of an extensive and exclusive beach area, though no exact details have been provided to date. Despite many requests for clarification, it is extremely upsetting and worrying to learn that the question of the beach area for the use of Royal Breeze residents remains unresolved. It is our understanding that AHE is considering purchasing a section of the beach in front of the RB buildings for the exclusive use of RB residents; we have also been advised that a section of the beach area at the base of Dana Island may be reserved for RB residents.

Given that beach access (and facilities) is such an essential component of the package and lifestyle we purchased from AHE, and given the uncertainty of the Dana Island project, can you please confirm that a) RB residents will have use of an private beach area, and b) provide details of the location of this dedicated beach area. It is disappointing that whilst many of us have now paid up to 70% of the purchase price and the project is now over three years into the launch, no concrete information on details of the beach area have been provided.

We are, however confident that AHE will not let us down, and fully intends to deliver the promised resort with all the promised facilities, including the beach area for the RB. It seems inconceivable that residents can be denied beach access in after all what a 5 star beach resort. We are heartened by the many positive comments from owners whose Marina apartments have been (or are currently being) handed over. To avoid further investor worry and misunderstanding we request that you confirm the existence of a beach area for RB residents as a matter of urgency.

The Al Hamra Investors Group remains committed to playing it’s part in ensuring the success of the project, and will do all it can to promote the resort. We very much hope we can avoid the need to contact the RAK authorities if the beach area were not to be provided.

There are other questions / points on which we would like more information, and would appreciated any updates on the following:

  • What is the current position of the Dana Island project?
  • A detailed construction progress report on RB, with photos
  • What is the status of proposed webcam on RB site?
  • Is expected completion date for the RB Dec 2009 – Jun 2010 still valid?
  • Please provide further details of standard of finish, fixtures and fittings, maintenance charges, etc
  • What health / fitness facilities (such as sauna and fitness equipment) will be available for the use of RB residents?
  • Please give an update on the entitlement to resident visas (as stated in the original contract)
  • Will RB residents have access to any part of the golf course, and on what basis?
  • Will RB residents be able to avail from the facilities of the Al Hamra Fort hotel? If there is a cost involved, please give details?
  • Please provide further info about the proposed construction of the project by HH Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qassimi opposite the Marina development

As always, we would like to re-iterate that we want to maintain constructive dialogue with AHE, and will always work with you to achieve a resort that we can all be proud of, be happy with, and enjoy living at.

Looking forward to your reply.

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3 Comments

  1. John & Karen Painter said,

    17 June 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Thanks, I think that you have covered all questions

    I cant remember were I saw it but a promotional video for RB panned in from the sea and showed the RB buildings on the beach front! Fat chance of that now. I will try to track it down and let you know, but I think that we were all tricked by Global Estates Group.
    Regards
    John aka Always a Saint

  2. alhamradreams said,

    20 June 2009 at 10:27 pm

    John and Karen, thanks for sending me the link to the promotional website – as you can see I have included a reference to it in the letter.

    The site is quite clearly marketing Royal Breeze with beach access!

  3. RB2 owner said,

    23 June 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Al Hamra have confirmed to to me in an email that “on the right side of Royal Breeze sea buildings, will be coming a new man made island development called Dana and the first approximately 400 m of the base trunk of that land will be used on one side as a beach for Royal breeze owners”.


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